It is often difficult to determine how verbs are
linked to other verbs. There are three choices:
•They can be followed by gerunds.
•They can be followed by inﬁnitives.
•They can be followed by BOTH.
7. Followed by Gerunds or Inﬁnitives
with no change of meaning
8. Followed by Gerunds or Inﬁnitives
with change of meaning
Forget + to not remember what you had to do
Forget + -ing not remember something you have done
Remember + to remember what you had to do
Remember + -ing remember something you have done
Stop + to pause in order to do something
Stop + -ing quit doing something
Go on + to change to something new
Go on + -ing continue doing
Try + to make an effort
Try + -ing do something to see what happens
9. Change of Meaning Examples
I remembered/forgot to lock the door when I left the house.
I remember playing in the garden when I was a child.
I stopped on my way home to chat with a friend.
I stopped smoking ten years ago.
We talked about the economy for an hour, then we went on to talk about baseball.
We went on talking all night long.
I tried to ﬁx my TV, but I couldn’t.
First, I tried unplugging it, and plugging it back in. Then I tried playing around with the
controls. Nothing worked.